Posted Date: March 8, 2012
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March 7, 2012  

Evidence Matters Features Regional Resilience: Policy, Research, and Practice

The latest issue of Evidence Matters: Transforming Knowledge into Housing and Community Development Policy (Winter 2012), organized around the theme of regional resilience, is now available. PD&R Assistant Secretary Bostic provides the context for this issue, which examines how local capacity, leadership, and community connections can help regions avoid or recover from stresses — and how the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative is fostering capacity-building in some of the nation’s hardest hit areas. The issue also highlights efforts to understand regional resilience and explores cross-sector partnerships in Chicago’s south suburbs and in Chester, Pennsylvania that address growing suburban poverty.


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  • Strong local government leadership, cross-sector partnerships, and inclusive community participation are critical to increasing regional capacity.
  • The Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative promotes resilience by helping localities build capacity and maximize the effectiveness of federal assistance.
  • Approaches to measuring regional resilience depend on the type of stress affecting the area, as well as the research focus (e.g., economic development, social connectedness).
  • Research finds that regions with greater industrial diversity are more likely to be resistant to shocks and that a history of collaboration across sectors bolsters resilience.
  • Poverty in the suburbs has expanded rapidly in the past decade. Cross-sector collaboration is proving to be a key to revitalization efforts in Chicago’s south suburbs and in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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